Equipped with a good storage capacity (1.2 TB) with fast SSD, the HP Envy 17-cg1033nf is an attractive 17-inch, installed in a box that plays with the codes of ultrabooks. It is part of the multimedia family and is intended for students and users looking for the comfort provided by the large screen since it brings together no less than 16 GB of RAM in support of an 11th generation Core i7 Quad Core supported by a GeForce MX450. This package authorizes all common and multimedia uses. The connection is satisfactory, the screen covers 100% sRGB, the USB-C port accepts charging and the battery life is generous (8 hours) but the weight (2.7 kg) remains a barrier to mobility.
Features of the HP Envy 17-cg1033nf
|Screen (s)||17.3 “Full HD IPS edge-to-edge 300 nits 100% sRGB (1920×1080, brilliant)|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1165G7 Tiger Lake (2.8 GHz, 4 cores)|
|RAM installed||16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3200 MHz, 2 slots (occupied)|
|Graphic card||NVIDIA Turing GeForce MX450 2 GB Dedicated GDDR6, Intel Iris Xe Graphics and Optimus|
|Storage||256GB 1TB 7200RPM M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||3 USB 3.2 (1 Boost) 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), HDMI 2.0, SD / SDXC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 Bang & Olufsen speakers, HP Audio Boost 2.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||8 hours / Li-ion 4 cells 55Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||2.73 Kg / 399 x 259 x 19.3|
Chassis, connectors, screen of the HP Envy 17-cg1033nf
Without changing the elegant and sober formula, HP is slightly revamping its HP Envy 17 for 2020, in the perpetual search for compactness. It opts for a sober and chic appearance, comfortable without being too bulky. Thus, the PC takes place in an all- metal case which abandons a few angles for a sharper and more geometric silhouette compared to the Envy 17-ce of 2019. In this more sober direction, we observe that HP has removed the “return” to the base of the lid but retains its ingenious hinge system: the screen when opened will tilt the keyboard slightly in order to optimize the air circulation under the base and to provide typing comfort. Another aesthetic detail that adorns all the latest models at HP, the speaker grille above the keyboard has a graphic design. The keyboard is backlit in white.
In terms of measurements, HP optimizes the finesse of the machine with 19.3 mm thickness , which allows it to fit its 17 inches into the closed clan of ultrabooks, impressive. Its weight cannot compete with its congeners in 15 inches, however with 2.7 kg on the scale (against 2.92 kg on the 17th with hard disk), thus limiting its mobility. An effort has also been made on the PC format. From 405 x 266 mm for the 17-ce, it increases to 399 x 259 mm (depth x width).
When opening the PC, we are forced to recognize that HP has finally made an effort on the finesse of the frame around the screen even if we now come across even more immersive on the market. Thanks to the IPS panel support , the viewing angles are wide and the colors are faithful while its Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) offers all the latitude to view High Definition content in the best conditions (YouTube videos in 1080p) . Note also the color coverage extended to 100% of the sRGB space, a good point for those who do photo retouching in particular. In addition, it seems that the treatment of the screen is brilliant, a factor to take into account if you are sensitive to the reflections caused by this type of panel in strong ambient light.
Let’s continue with a tour of the connections which undergo head-on refinement of the case with the removal of the DVD reader / writer and the Ethernet port, which some will not fail to regret. There is an HDMI 2.0 output, an SD card reader, as well as three USB 3.1 ports and a USB Type-C (Gen2, 10 Gbit / s, DP1.2) accepting charging from the PC. This last point is valuable if you are on the move and do not want to carry multiple chargers, all you need is a universal USB-C charger. In addition, recent WiFi AX (2×2) and Bluetooth 5.0 modules are also on the menu as well as a fingerprint reader, integrated among the keyboard keys between ALT and the right arrow. It is unusual. The latter ensures simplified and secure authentication of your session. Another good point, the webcam takes advantage of a small “privacy shutter” to prevent any intrusion, which can be activated using a push button placed on the right profile of the PC.
Performance, battery life of the HP Envy 17-cg1033nf
To give all its power to the HP Envy 17-cg1007nf, we have an 11th generation Core i7-1165G7 low-power processorTiger Lake (late 2020). This brings some interesting advancements, starting with a higher TDP. Thus, the Core i7-1165G7 displays a TDP of 28W where its predecessors, the Core i7-1065G7 and the Core i7-10510U are satisfied with a TDP of 15W, and this despite the low consumption. This results from an increase in performance visible on advanced software (Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Davinci Resolve, 7Zip, etc.), a little less on basic everyday tasks (Office, surfing the Web, streaming …) . We understand, these tasks in question are perfectly taken care of by the Zenbook Duo, but since these are missions that only commit very few resources, the difference between the generations is not noticeable. Opposite, the RAM provides for 16 GB RAM, an important total for multitasking which allows the coming years to come with confidence.
From a graphic point of view, the HP is well armed. Not only does the graphics chip integrated into the processor, an Intel Iris XE, offer enough for everyday use and a bit of gaming, but it is also assisted by a dedicated GeForce MX450 graphics card.who takes over when a little more resources are needed. This recent card based on the Turing architecture offers roughly 20% more performance than its predecessor, the GeForce MX350, enough to equal or even exceed a GeForce GTX 1050 and allow some quality fun sessions. Be careful though to limit yourself to undemanding titles or failing that, you should not be too careful about the details. We obviously do not reach the level of a Hexa Core / GTX-RTX duo but the support is fair for current use punctuated by some graphics and / or game tasks.
Storage is another defining element within this configuration since it offers all the space you may need, while ensuring system responsiveness. On the one hand, the dedicated 256 GB SSD (NVMe PCIe) is responsible for accommodating the operating system and all programs and games and contributing to a more responsive execution, shortened loading times and an overall more lively environment. On the other hand, the 1TB hard drive (7200 rpm) will provide a large capacity that is quickly accessible and allows a large amount of data to be archived in addition.
Finally, battery life is served by a fairly good capacity battery (55 Whr, 4 cells) which should allow a little more than 8 hours of use in Web browsing under Wifi. It’s perfect for occasional on-the-go use.